TORONTO – The National Hockey League will resume its virus-interrupted season next month with a Stanley Cup tournament in Canada after players ratified a return-to-play plan and extension to a labor deal, both sides said on Friday. An expanded 24-team Stanley Cup Playoffs will now start on Aug. 1 in Edmonton and Toronto without fans, nearly five months after the NHL halted its season due to COVID-19. “Today the NHL and NHLPA announced a significant…"NHL to resume virus-hit season August 1 in Canada"
BOGOTA – Colombian capital Bogota will initiate strict, rolling two-week quarantines in certain neighborhoods starting Monday to curb the spread of coronavirus as cases rise and intensive care units fill, the mayor said on Friday. The Andean country has reported just under 134,000 cases of COVID-19 and 4,714 deaths. More than 32% of cases have occurred in the capital, along with a fifth of deaths. “Nobody in Colombia has the same challenge we do,” Mayor…"Colombian capital to renew lockdowns by neighborhood as cases rise"
– Tropical storm Fay is expected to weaken further as it moves inward and become a post-tropical low pressure system on Saturday and dissipate on Sunday, the U.S National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The storm made landfall on Friday near Atlantic city, New Jersey, with heavy rainfall and gusty winds, according to an earlier bulletin issued by the NHC. Fay was located about 15 miles (24 km) northwest of New York City, with maximum sustained…"Tropical storm Fay to weaken, expected to dissipate on Sunday, NHC says"
– Healthcare systems worldwide need to upgrade to control disease transmission and cope with large numbers of sick people during the coronavirus pandemic as well as future outbreaks, the head of the World Health Organization’s emergencies program warned on Friday. Dr. Michael Ryan of WHO, speaking during a video panel session organized by the International AIDS Society, said world leaders grappling with the current pandemic “need to take a leaf out of the HIV/AIDS activist…"WHO official cites AIDS as guide to addressing coronavirus pandemic"
MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s health ministry on Friday reported 6,891 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 665 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 289,174 cases and 34,191 deaths. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases."Mexico reports 6,891 new coronavirus cases, 665 more deaths"
BRASILIA – Environmentalist Alfredo Sirkis, a founder of Brazil’s Green Party and a tireless campaigner for policies to curb climate change, died on Friday in a car crash, television network TV Globo said. Sirkis, 69, was killed when the car he was driving hit a post on a highway outside his hometown Rio de Janeiro, broadcaster TV Globo reported, citing firemen at the crash. A former leftist guerrilla, Sirkis was involved in the kidnapping of…"Brazilian environmentalist Sirkis killed in car crash"
– U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he will sign an executive order on immigration in the next few weeks with a road to citizenship for migrants who are in the United States illegally but arrived in the country as children. In an interview with Spanish-language TV network Telemundo, Trump said one aspect of the measure will be Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program under which such migrants have been allowed to…"Trump says he will sign immigration order with road to citizenship for ‘Dreamers’"
RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil registered 45,048 additional cases of the novel coronavirus over the last 24 hours and 1,214 new deaths, the health ministry said on Friday. The nation has now registered 1,800,827 total confirmed cases and 70,398 deaths attributable to the virus."Brazil registers another 1,214 coronavirus deaths on Friday"
RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian meat producer JBS SA will redeem $875 million worth of bonds in August, it said in a securities filing on Friday. According to the filing, the company will redeem $425 million of its 6.25% notes due in 2023 and $450 million of its 5.875% notes due in 2024."Brazilian meatpacker JBS to buy back $875 million of bonds"
RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA has begun the binding phase of the sale of its majority stake in the firm’s Gaspetro gas pipeline unit, it said in a securities filing on Friday."Brazil’s Petrobras begins binding phase of Gaspetro sale"